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Important dates for your diary (April ’15)

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Here is the latest edition of our regular feature which summarises offers that are ending soon.

It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Top Avios Points Earning Offers, Top Hotel Bonus Points Offers and Top UK Credit Card Offers pages.

Miles and points offers which are about to close

There isn’t much to note this time around.  The key one is probably the Emirates credit cards offer.  The ‘double miles’ sign-up bonus ends tomorrow (Sunday).  You will receive 10,000 miles for taking out the free card and 20,000 miles for the £150 ‘Elite’ card.

And then looming down the road, of course, is the April 28th Avios devaluation …..

Sunday 12 April

Last day to spend £100 at Thistle and get £50 cashback from American Express. Similar deals for Hilton (registration already closed), Landmark / Lancaster and Red Carnation. Article here.

Last day to apply for the Emirates credit cards with the doubled sign-up bonus. Article.

Tuesday 14 April

Accor 3-4-2 global sale ends, for stays up to 31st May

Wednesday 22 April

Last day to buy Hilton HHonors points with a bonus of 40%. Details here.

Thursday 23 April

Last day to earn 100 free Nectar accounts by adding your number to your Expedia profile.  Article.

Monday 27 April

Last day to book redemption flights at the current Avios rates

Last day to complete a return transatlantic flight to earn bonus Avios with BA or AA.

Last date to register for double Avios on selected BA London City routes (fly by May 31st).  Article.

New departure lounge opens at Stansted

Tuesday 28 April

The Avios devaluation takes place

Friday 29 April

Last day to get a discount of up to £400 on a long-haul BA flight using ‘part pay with Avios’ (this is usually restricted to short-haul flights).  Article.

Thursday 30 April

Marriot Rewards ‘MegaBonus’ promotion ends

Last day to transfer Heathrow Rewards points to Etihad for double points

IHG Rewards Club ‘Set Your Sights’ promotion ends

Last day to earn 1,500 – 2,000 bonus Avios with a Hilton Group stay

Comments (21)

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  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Can anyone recall when BA announced the devaluation and guaranteed at least 2 Business seats for each flight when they did the bulk release of redemption seats. Was this meant to apply also as new seats got released for Feb to Apr 2016 period? As looking at those dates right up to the furthest they go many flight still do not show 2 available?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, seems to apply. I got 2 to Abu Dhabi on day of release last week. For popular routes they seem to go just after midnight though.

  • itsover says:

    In Britain, a shop owner pays an average of 9p every time a customer pays for something by debit card, while fees for using a credit card are higher, at 0.7pc of the purchase price. Some of this revenue was passed on to customers in the form of discounts on shopping or points towards flights or vouchers.

    Under the new EU rules, which take effect in October, card issuers will only be able to charge shops a maximum “interchange” rate of 0.3 per cent on credit cards or 0.2 per cent on debit cards.

  • Matt says:

    How long does it usually take for BAEC to credit Avios after flying on BA? This is something I’ve never really paid attention to as it seems almost instant, however I am flying to the US later in the month and returning on the 27th April (morning).. Do you think the Avios will land in time for a quick pre-devaluation booking? Cheers.

  • Rob says:

    Amex is not covered by the EU rule, only MC and Visa

    • Quark999 says:

      Not yet, but apparently in three years’ time. It’s probably the beginning of the end…

    • Luke says:

      While Amex isn’t covered, there still going to lower their fees somewhat to remain competitive.

      • Rob says:

        True. I can’t believe the impact will be so huge, though. Look at the Etihad cards. MBNA is giving away 25,000 miles until July to get you to sign up, plus a generous earning rate afterwards. They must know by now that this is still a competitive deal for them even after these changes.

  • Lloyd says:

    Update on my saga of getting Thistle to charge my upcoming booking in advance to trigger the £50 cash back on Amex. To recap the terms of my booking was that the card would be charged within 48 hours of my non cancellable booking, but nothing was ever charged despite me chasing the hotel…

    In the end I moaned to Amex who gave me a £20 credit plus wrote to Thistle head office who wrote back instantly in fairness to them apologising and confirmed my booking was now cancelled. Result!

    Now booked at my favourite Heathrow hotel (Park Inn) which is both cheaper, hopefully an upgrade as I have status plus I’ve made sure I’m registered for their triple points promo!

    • Kinel says:

      I had the same problem, phoned thistle and still not charged. Few days later looked on say no for non premium cost phone number. Phoned and spoke to front desk, who charged it there and then, and it came up as pending on my Amex page immeditaly as i was talking to him.

      • Lloyd says:

        Hi Kinel, I wasnt so lucky, I called the phone number on the website, got through to reservations who said they would pass on a message to front desk who will charge the booking same day. Clearly never did. Booking was £50 for the night plus £60 for the parking although another £20 to factor in for the return trips on the pods. Not prepared to pay that kinda of money at Heathrow for a 3* that gets dubious reviews without the £50 cash back.

        I know the Park Inn gets mixed reviews but as a Silver / Gold I have always had a pleasant stay plus will get about 12,000+ Club Carlson points I reckon for one night.

        • Kinel says:

          Hi Lloyd. I also phoned the number on the web page and got the told the same as you, which was never actioned like yours. Thats why a few days later i searched for their 02 number and spoke to the front desk / reservations.I was also booking for stay with parking for much later in the year. We normal stay at Holiday Inn M4J4(link from HFP) but have found during the last 2 stays the Hoppa has been awful for this hotel.

          • Lloyd says:

            Holiday Inn M4J4 is the only other Heathrow hotel I’ve used and to be honest I enjoyed the stay (and the pub nearby). However thankfully my stay was for a conference so didnt need to go to/from Heathrow, its just too far for me to realistically consider it when on my travels plus I have an inbuilt aversion to the Hoppa service.

  • Rob says:

    Thanks David. That must have been quietly extended without anyone noticing.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    That article misses a couple important points. MasterCard premium platforms (eg World) moved to 0.8% on April 1st, ahead of the EU cap. Cap One and others now losing money on each swipe. C1 always very on the ball with account valuation so no surprise that they’re the first to move. Surprised that the BBC only picked it up today – I think C1 started mailing affected accounts last week.

    Could do you an article updating on the interchange situation if you like.

    • Rob says:

      Would be great if you could do a couple of hundred words Andrew, given that you are in the front line. It would tie in nicely with my laymans view of where we may end up.

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